Drivers of Change: The New IPO

The IPO – or Initial Public Offering, in Wall Street speak – has historically been a way for “the public” to purchase ownership in a company and benefit from what was projected to be its meteoric rise. 

This version of the IPO is failing to produce the pathway to equitable wealth and opportunity that (theoretically) it was meant to provide as part of the “American Dream”.

A year or two ago, I was sitting at a local pub with a couple of my best friends. They were trying to describe my approach to ATP and the world in three words (I must have been working on an application or profile at the time). After much laughter and conversation, three rose to the top:

Idealism. Pragmatism. Optimism.

These seemingly contradictory words struck me as incredibly accurate and necessary – not just for me, but for anyone seeking to enact system change.

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Viewpoint: Decoupling Growth and Fulfillment

I sometimes struggle, as I believe we all do from time to time, to articulate things that I feel to be right or true. Language, as beautiful a gift as it is, has its limitations.

When I attempt to explain why I feel that some of my more “extreme” views amount to something of a moral imperative given our collective state of polarization and ecological crisis, my words often feel lacking. My heart knows something that my mind cannot yet see, let alone explain.

One such belief of mine is that economic growth is not the answer to all our problems and must be re-examined as a priority. This position, especially at a time when the dominant narrative is that we must grow to survive and that such growth is a precondition for greater equality, seems radical and unfounded. Yet I believe that a better world will emerge from deeper soil and compassion, not deeper pockets. And I am not alone.

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